You're invited!

A dear creative friend and I are taking our show on the road with an art and ceramics exhibition 'Heart Sigh'.

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Join us for the opening on Friday 2 or pop in during the month. 

-nicoleisnicole

Gilles Street Market

Well hello there, nicole is excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Gilles Street Market - Adelaide's premier fashion and design market on 2 dates during May 2017.

Sunday 7th May

Sunday 21st May

This is perfect timing if you are looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift!

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Pop in and visit us there.

-nicoleisnicole x 

Twilight markets!!

nicole is nicole ceramics will be on sale at the Fridays After Five twilight markets in Aldinga next Friday!!!

Live music, food trucks, wine bar, outdoor cinema and market stalls while the sun sets!

This will be my very first markets experience and I can't think of a better way to start!! 

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I will have candle holders, terracotta pebble dishes, egg cups, mugs, vases and plates available for sale.

Wish me luck! 

-nicoleisnicole x  

Glaze and unglaze

There is always a part of the ceramics process that potters enjoy less than the rest and for me, that part is glazing. 

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My cesco clear gloss glaze applies like a dream every time but my damn copper rust glaze gave me the middle finger yet again this week!  The thing is, when it works it really works!

Stay tuned for results next week! 

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-nicoleisnicole x

August Collection

Wow what a result! 80% of my pots came out of the kiln looking really good. I lost a few pieces to cracks and most of my plates slumped... I need to do some research into that.. But what an amazing first solo firing!!  

I set up my little cardboard and tracing paper light box and bought a $3 bouquet from the lady down the road who sells fresh flowers from her garden and I'm really happy with the way the photos turned out.

The full collection is located on my Pottery Gallery page but here is a few of my favourites. 

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- nicoleisnicole  

Busy studio week

Some exciting things have been going down in the nicole is nicole studio this week! 

After many long months of throwing and decorating I have finally mixed up 3 glazes; a clear and 2 coloured and whacked them on my pots!  

Glaze mixing! 

Glaze mixing! 

The glazing process is not my favourite part of pottery, especially when I've only attempted it twice before with mixed results. Let's just say I have a lot to learn about smooth glazing!!  

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The glaze sets on the pots in certain colours but this does not indicate what colour they will be when they are fired! 

The glaze sets on the pots in certain colours but this does not indicate what colour they will be when they are fired! 

Then finally the most rewarding part of the process, all of my pots were loaded into the community centre kiln for their final firing to 1280•C! They are in the hands of the kiln gods now!  🔥 

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- nicoleisnicole 

All business

In anticipation of maybe having a few pieces of pottery come out of the kiln in a good enough condition to try and sell over the next few months I decided to order my first ever business cards!!! Eek! 

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- nicoleisnicole  

Adobe composites

I'm loving creating beautiful composite images from Creative Commons images from one of my favourite resources Unsplash 📷 

Grass Layers

Grass Layers

The base of Grass Layers was created using 2 layers of semi transparent images of a skyward-looking shot of glass and metal skyscrapers. Above this is a semi transparent image of tall grass in a sunset. I applied a photoshop effect to one of the skyscraper images to bring in a hue of blue. 

Composite Deer  

Composite Deer  

Composite Deer was created by cropping and tracing an image of deer in a misty sunset or sunrise. Then I layered components of the same image with different effects to build the focal points. Using some striking outlines around vector shapes introduces some bold, animalistic lines and shapes.  

-nicoleisnicole x

Making bowls of all shapes and sizes

It was great to get some time in the studio again this weekend. I decided to work on my bowl shape to try and gain control of my wall evenness and thickness in order to create smooth, delicate forms.  

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Pulling bowls was a lot of fun and I managed to get a few of them to look similar and I think these 3 to look like a set! Go me!  

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My wheel is a little wonky which makes for a hard time throwing but hopefully I can get some help sorting it out from the local pottery supply place this week!  

Peace and pottery x

Peace and pottery x

-nicoleisnicole x

10 Vases

After a couple of weeks break from ceramics to enjoy some travelling around the South Island of New Zealand, which was sweet as! I finally got to see the results of my hard work last term.  Hard work, yes, but completely fun and addictive..

I picked up my last pieces of glazed and fired work from the SA TAFE School of the Arts last night, want to see them?  

After experimenting with plates and mugs in the first half of the term I decided to go back to basics and work on my forms and height by throwing some vases. 

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There was a combination of underglaze slips and glaze applied to these pieces. They all look so completely different after being fired to 1300+ but I have learnt a lot about clay shrinkage and glaze application. 

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I finally spent some time cleaning up my new, old wheel who I have named Cinnamon Sally due to her epic amounts of rust so I'm looking forward to getting my hands muddy again tonight! 

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-nicole is nicole x

Glaze day

So today was my last class at the SA TAFE school of the arts so of course, it was glaze day! 

I glazed half of my pots a few weeks ago which all turned out amazingly so I had 12 pieces left to glaze today. 

Of course I made a huge mess but had a lot of fun in the process.

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This glaze is called tomato and you can see the final result in the sample next to my fresh, wet glazed pot. She's going to look beautiful with some white roses in it! 

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The before... 

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And the after... These guys are sitting on the firing shelf ready to be packed into the kiln for a stonewear (super hot) firing! These colours are wicked because at the 1500+ degrees this orange is going to turn into a soft green and the grey will turn into a baby blue with crystals! Magic!  

 

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Check back soon for the final reveal! 

nicole is nicole x